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Shanta Green lost her leg when a tree limb fell on her moving car back in 2010 Shanta Green lost her leg when a tree limb fell on her moving car back in 2010
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A woman who lost her leg in a freak accident 3 years ago, and is blaming city negligence, will take the stand in her multi-million dollar lawsuit Monday.

New Video: Louis Anderson takes the stand to testify about his experience.

Shanta Greene will testify about her three year long ordeal that started on Bee road in July of 2010.

That's when a tree limb fell off a tree and onto the moving car Greene was riding in.

All week Shanta's legal team has detailed her physical issues, not just losing her leg, but part of her hip, and major damage to her internal organs.  

She's been through more than a dozen surgeries, and hours upon hours of rehab.  

Her lawyers say the city does not take care of their old trees, and that negligence caused her accident and changed her life forever.  

Experts also testified about how much will take to pay for the medical treatments Shanta needs now, and how much more it will take for her to have a "normal" life.

To understand how serious this case is, Mayor Edna Jackson herself has been in the courtroom every day this week.  

Greene is asking for millions of dollars in expenses and damages from the city.
 
She will close out testimony Monday morning, and then the city will have their chance to make a case.

Depending on the outcome, This case could have an affect on Savannah's landscape as well.

Several officials and experts say if the jury awards a large amount of money to Shanta Greene, it may change the thinking when it comes to Savannah's tree canopy.

They say the city may have to think about cutting back all the trees that hang over roadways so they won't face a series of lawsuits if something like this ever happens again.

That decision will be in the hands of a jury, possibly as soon as late next week.

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Testimony in a multi-million dollar lawsuit is being heard in a Chatham County courtroom this week.

Shanta Greene is suing the city of Savannah for millions of dollars in medical expenses and damages.

Greene's leg was sheared off in an accident on Bee road back in 2010. That's when a tree limb fell onto her moving car. She lost the leg, part of her hip, and it even affected her colon.

Since then Greene has undergone dozens of surgeries and accumulated hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical expenses.

Greene and her lawyer Howard Spiva blame the city's negligence and lack of tree maintenance led to the accident, and Shanta's injuries.

They are now suing the city for millions of dollars.

Testimony began Tuesday with Dr Bill Wessinger. The current Chatham County Coroner and then Memorial Medical Center doctor handling much of Greene's rehabilitation.

He testified about her significant injuries, what needed to be done after the initial amputation of her leg, and how it affected her quality of life.

There will be several more days of testimony before a jury will decide what, if any damages Greene receives.


 

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